Pres­i­dent loves put­ting on show

Rob Krause clocks up 53 years in so­ci­ety

Gatton Star - - LIFE COMMUNITY -

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Re­tired dairy farmer

Age: 81

Mar­i­tal Sta­tus: I have been mar­ried to Janet for al­most 45 years.

What have you en­joyed most about your time as pres­i­dent of the Mar­burg Show So­ci­ety?

The best thing has been as­so­ci­at­ing with like-minded peo­ple who want to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity through show so­ci­ety ac­tiv­i­ties. These in­clude pre­par­ing for and run­ning a show, main­tain­ing a com­mu­nity hall and grounds, and run­ning a weekly dance.

Why did you de­cide to get in­volved with the or­gan­i­sa­tion?

Be­cause my fa­ther was in­volved, I be­gan help­ing in show ac­tiv­i­ties at an early age. My for­mal mem­ber­ship at the show be­gan in 1964. I have served as pres­i­dent, vice pres­i­dent, trustee, minute sec­re­tary, com­mit­tee mem­ber and stew­ard for var­i­ous sec­tions.

Have you met any­one fa­mous, who and when?

In my younger days, as a state youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive, I at­tended a gar­den party for Princess Alexan­dra, the Queen’s cousin. For about 50 years I have been a friend of War­ren Truss, for­mer Deputy Prime Minister and act­ing PM on oc­ca­sions.

What is your great­est ac­com­plish­ment in life?

Mar­ry­ing Janet and rais­ing our four sons, ed­u­cat­ing them through to ter­tiary stud­ies and as­sist­ing them in es­tab­lish­ing ca­reers and busi­nesses.

What’s the best ad­vice you’ve ever re­ceived?

“Per­se­vere, per­se­vere and per­se­vere” my fa­ther said.

What is the one thing you would like to change in the world?

If peo­ple of the world would take to heart the fol­low­ing – “Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do to you” and “Love your neigh­bour as you love your­self”, then the world would be a bet­ter place.

What is your favourite hobby or re­cre­ation?

I en­joy pho­tog­ra­phy.

What is your hap­pi­est child­hood mem­ory?

At pri­mary school, all the boys played cricket at lunchtime.

What is your favourite place to visit in the district?

My favourite local spot is along Two Tree Hill Rd head­ing to­wards the old Tal­le­galla School.

What would you do if you won the Lotto?

I’d be gen­er­ous to my favourite char­i­ties.

Who are the peo­ple you most ad­mire – dead or liv­ing?

Cap­tain Cook and Chris­tian Krause, my great great grand­fa­ther.

PHOTO: FRAN­CIS WIT­SEN­HUY­SEN

THE KRAUSES: Janet and Rob look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing their 45th wed­ding an­niver­sary this year.

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